Paul Wellstone quote

"I saw as a teacher how, if you take that spark of learning that those children have, and you ignite it, you can take a child from any background to a lifetime of creativity and accomplishment."

Paul Wellstone

Born: July 21, 1944

Die: October 25, 2002

Occupation: Former United States Senator

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Without trying, I'm different.

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I'm short, I'm Jewish and I'm a liberal

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The future will not belong to those who sit on the sidelines. The future will not belong to the cynics. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

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I dare to imagine a country where every child I hold in my hands, are all God's children, regardless of the color of their skin, regardless of whether they're boy or girl, regardless of religion, regardless...

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Successful organizing is not built on self-interest but rather on dignity and a sense of purpose.

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I was talking about no nukes, the farm crisis. People said that wasn't stuff that a state auditor was supposed to be talking about. Maybe they were right.

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Politics is not about power. Politics is not about money. Politics is not about winning for the sake of winning. Politics is about the improvement of people's lives.

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What the poor, the weak, and the inarticulate desperately require is power, organization, and a sense of identity and purpose, not rarefied advice of political scientists.

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Politics is not about winning for the sake of winning.

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The future belongs to those who are passionate and work hard.

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The future will belong to those who have passion and are willing to work hard to make our country better

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I think the future also will not belong to those who are cynical or those who stand on the sidelines

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There are forces within the Democratic Party who want us to sound like kinder, gentler Republicans.

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The problem with party politics is that people get involved every two or four years and that is it. In the meantime, the legislature and Minnesota politics are on a separate track.

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We must regain our vision and hope and move our country forward on an agenda of peace and justice.

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The Democratic Party has lost much of it credibility with working class and low-income people. It retards progress toward presenting a genuine alternative.

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Our aims in political activism are not, and should not be, to create a perfect utopia. What we seek is more simply to improve the quality of human life while at the same time respecting the natural environment...

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The only way to change is to vote. People are responsible.

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As free citizens in a political democracy, we have a responsibility to be interested and involved in the affairs of the human community, be it at the local or the global level.

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There is an elementary aspiration which undergirds the humane impulse in our history and our culture and binds us together as political activists. This is a simple, irreducible, indisputable aspiration....

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We need a new kind of citizenship, so that we can see citizens as themselves earning the rank of patriot because of their involvement in their community affairs....We as a society need to be encouraging...

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The first task in teaching is to bring to consciousness what the students already believe by virtue of their personal experiences about themselves and society.

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The kind of national goal we ought to be thinking about is way beyond national product - it is how do we as a nation help our children be the best kinds of people they could possibly be?

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Sometimes, the only realists are the dreamers

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I saw as a teacher how, if you take that spark of learning that those children have, and you ignite it, you can take a child from any background to a lifetime of creativity and accomplishment.

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Never separate the life you live from the words you speak.

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The idea of democracy has been stripped of it moral imperatives and come to denote hollowness and hypocrisy.

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I don't think politics has anything to do with left, right, or center. It has to do with trying to do right by people.

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Education and democracy have the same goal: the fullest possible development of human capabilities.

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Politics isn't about big money or power games; it's about the improvement of people's lives.

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A politics that is not sensitive to the concerns and circumstances of people's lives, a politics that does not speak to and include people, is an intellectually arrogant politics that deserves to fail.

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When too many Americans don't vote or participate, some see apathy and despair. I see disappointment and even outrage. And I believe that out of this frustration can come hope and action.

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I represent the Democratic wing of the Democratic party.

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If a teacher does not involve himself, his values, his commitments, in the course of discussion, why should the students?

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The American polity is infected with a serious imbalance of power between elites and masses, a power which is the principal threat to our democracy.

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Our politics are our deepest form of expression: they mirror our past experiences and reflect our dreams and aspirations for the future.

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Successful organizing is based on the recognition that people get organized because they, too, have a vision.

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I emphasize self-esteem, self-confidence, and dignity, not as an ideal, but as a real test of community organization. Without leadership development, community organizations do not have staying power.

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Politics is about the improvement of people's lives. It's about advancing the cause of peace and justice in our country and the world. Politics is about doing well for the people.

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Above and beyond the question of how to grow the economy there is a legitimate concern about how to grow the quality of our lives.

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There is a major ingredient missing from our perception of how changes are brought about; that ingredient is power.

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It is the belief that extremes and excesses of inequality must be reduced so that each person is free to fully develop his or her full potential. This is why we take precious time out of our lives and...

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Our aims in political activism are not, and should not be, to create a perfect utopia.

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We can and must move U.S. politics forward by means of committed participation.

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We can remake the world daily.

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What makes community organizing especially attractive is the faith it places in the ability of the poor to make decisions for themselves.

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Why don't we call on the credit card companies to be accountable? They need to be held accountable for their predatory lending practices.

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Politics is not predictions and politics is not observations. Politics is what we do. Politics is what we do, politics is what we create, by what we work for, by what we hope for and what we dare to imagine.

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There are three critical ingredients to democratic renewal and progressive change in America: good public policy, grassroots organizing and electoral politics.

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We all do better, when we all do better.

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If we don't fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we don't really stand for them.

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Politics is not about power.

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